Archbold, OH

Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago Wednesday, May 29, 2002

The Fulton County Board of Development Disabilities made budget cuts that will save about $205,490.62 during its Thursday, May 23 meeting.

With the cuts, one employee, Chris Seiler, a parttime financial assistant, lost her job.

The new Archbold Fire Department tanker has been delivered and is ready to go to work.

About 20 years ago, when in his 70s, Sylvan Valiton bought a motorcycle. The 91-year-old has been riding cycles for over 20 years, and still prefers them to automobiles as his favorite mode of transportation.

Sharon Taylor, general manager of the Archbold Buckeye, was named to the Ohio Newspaper Association Executive Committee.

Toledo Metal Spinning Co., Toledo, was one of the companies to receive a Better Business Bureau Torch Award for marketplace ethics. The company is owned by former Archbold resident, Ken Fankhauser, and his two sons, Craig and Eric, vice presidents.

Roger Ziegler and Sam Grime, members of the Archbold American Legion, placed flags in front of the Ruihley Park cannon for Memorial Day, according to a photograph,

Deaths– Amelia Moll, 93, Archbold; Bernadine Zimmerman, 94, Archbold

Lindsay M. Short, daughter of Andrew and Patricia, is in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, participating in a study-service program of Goshen College.

Traci L. Erbskorn, daughter of Barbara Lugbill and Larry Erbskorn, received class honors at Ohio Northern University.

Headline– King, Crites Set School Records; Three Crowned District Champs

The new water slide at the swimming pool in Ruihley Park was a big success over Memorial weekend.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Wednesday, June 3, 1987

Jailer Red Smucker playfully nabs youngsters at Sauder Village and pretends to lock them in the dark cell at the new community jail. The historic antique Edgerton jail was recently renovated and opened for guests to view at the Village, according to a photograph

Council gave the first reading to bicycle ordinance revisions Monday evening.

Dave Gravel, postmaster, will become postmaster of Port Clinton on June 5. Ruby Johnson will become officer in charge at the Archbold offi ce until a replacement can be found.

Robert G. Heft, mayor of Napoleon who designed the American flag, has accepted the invitation to serve as the honorary parade marshal for the U.S. Army July Fourth celebration in Panama.

Deaths– Margarita De La Cruz, 86, Archbold; Harvey D. Fricke, 91, Defiance

50th Anniversaries– Tom and Thelma Rychener; Archie and Pauline Hines; Kenneth and Mary Jane Juillard; 40th Anniversary– Wayne and Laveda Liechty

Stephanie Rupp, Katie Buehrer, and Tracy Coopman received the title of the World Twirling Association state champions in the junior strut line division at Napoleon High School, May 17. The girls are members of the Dance Workshop twirlers. There were 90 teams vying for state titles.

Mutterings, by Orrin R. Taylor– It’s amazing how many Americans have two bank accounts, two cars, two tv sets, and must be persuaded to vote once…. Drinking while driving is legal in 15 states in America. Norman Vincent Peale said, “There’s one hopeful thing about human beings. They will go down and hit bottom, and that’s wonderful. The bottom is the greatest place on earth, because you can’t go lower. The only place is up.”

Fifty Years Ago Wednesday, June 6, 1962

Elias H. Frey was the final bidder on the Willard Grime home, 107 Pleasant Street, for $3,000.

Roger W. Roth received a Chi Alpha Omega scholarship at Taylor University.

Mrs. O.J. Short broke her leg, near the ankle, when she missed a step on the stairway. She was on her way downstairs to answer the telephone at 2:30 am.

Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Rufenacht, pledged Alpha Zeta agriculture fraternity at Iowa State University.

Fulton County has one producing oil well, known as Tuggle No. 1, south of Oak Shade. It was drilled several months ago, and pumped six barrels of crude oil from midnight until nine o’clock the next morning.

Lions Club and Legion Post 311 named three boys to Boys’ State: Ronald Lovejoy, Gene Grime, Jerry Collamore.

A photograph shows Jesse L. Nofzinger, Post 311 commander, accompanying two local Spanish-American War veterans, Tomas L. Allen and E.R. Johnson, in Ruihley Park on Memorial Day.

Work is in progress to widen South Defiance Street four feet. The street will have new curbs and surfacing.

Becky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Nofziger, Wauseon, is the newly elected sweetheart of the Pettisville FFA.

This year’s champions of the Arch Bowling League are Deanna Gerkin, Doris Winzeler, Hattie Brodbeck, Dorothy Timmons, Helen Rupp.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Wednesday, May 26, 1937

The Parochial School of St. John Catholic Church closed on Saturday with a picnic dinner.

Eleven senior class members graduated Thursday evening from Ridgeville Corners High School.

M.E. Mattern, county auditor, has started the reappraisement of real estate of Fulton County.

A.M. Reichard, who spent his boyhood in Archbold, attended the local school, and later became one of the founders of Tiffin Business University, has been honored at the silver jubilee celebration of the school.

Mr. Reichard, with F.J. Miller, president, started Tiffin Business University 25 years ago.

Louis, eldest son of Mrs. Lillie Rupp, of near Elmira, is one of the 341 students graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., next week.

The annual conference of the Mennonite Churches of Ohio and Pennsylvania district is being held in the Central Church, Wednesday and Thursday.

The bank at Goodland, Ind., was held up and robbed of $2,000 yesterday noon by two men armed with a machine gun.

Although most tile factories have been almost wiped out by the Depression, it does not mean that tile will no longer be used.

The Nofzinger Brothers have a tandem bicycle that gets lots of use by Louella Yedica and Evelyn Nofzinger.

A cow in Oscar Trudell’s trailer on North Defiance Street became scared of the brightly colored coat worn by a beautiful girl as she walked down the street and the cow tried to wreck the trailer to get away.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 21, 1912

The old Town Hall is moving at last. Workmen began moving it across the T&I rail tracks on Holland Street at 1 am Monday.

Because the sills were weak it was moved sideways down North Defiance Street to the Lake Shore Railroad track.

A tree was cut down so it could be moved to the Eicher & Short property near the depot along the railroad tracks.

Archbold High School senior class graduates of 1912 will receive diplomas at a special program Thursday evening in the Opera House above the City Drug Store.

Elmer Oberly shot a chicken hawk on the wing that measured four feet, two inches from tip to tip.

The old German saying that if it rains on Easter Sunday it will rain seven Sundays thereafter. It was missed this year by one Sunday. So get out your rainwear.

The Wright Brothers have succeeded in building a fireproof aeroplane. A gravity proof aeroplane seems to be the kind that is most wanted.

A valuable farmhand gets $24 a month, room and board, washing, and a kept buggy horse. Figuring board at $4, washing at $1, and kept buggy horse at $2 a week, the farmhand gets $52 a month.

What’s the use of going to college and becoming a schoolteacher at $40 a month?

To build another Archbold schoolhouse today would cost about twice what the present building cost.

There were a lot of kickers against the extravagance when it was built. What kind of noise would you hear today?

Friday, May 24, 1912

The May 21 primary election will be the first public function in the new Town & Township Hall. Voters will have an opportunity to look over the public building for the first time.

Upon entering, the left side of the first floor is for offi cial business and German Township elections. The right side is for the Archbold Corporation.

The center part is for the fire company, and rear rooms on the north side are public restrooms and the village lockup, or jail. Two rooms to the rear will be occupied and rented by the T&I Trolley as a depot. An indoor garage will house a fire engine.

The hall upstairs is approached by a double stairway from the front entranceway. There is a stage at the east end for performances. It is a fine public building, citizens will be proud to use.

There is a vacant office to rent in the new Town & Township Hall.

Col. Theodore Roosevelt (R) won a decisive victory in the Ohio presidential primary election. Governor Judson Harmon led Woodrow Wilson by a narrow margin on the Democratic ticket.

One thing that retards progress in Archbold is building lots that are too large for people who want to live and build houses in the village.

A busy businessman or laborer has not the time to make garden or keep a large lawn. Three small lots sell quicker than two large ones.

All downtown business places have agreed to close the stores in observance of Memorial Day. So do your necessary shopping days before.

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